Relais & Chateaux, an association of the world’s finest boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants, has chosen Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia to participate in a best practices forum at its annual world congress in Cape Town, South Africa next month. Trout Point joined the prestigious group in 2009 after a rigorous application process.
Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, Chief Executive Officer, contacted the Lodge with the news about 2 weeks ago. The forum will allow participants to have an exchange of experiences, discovering what’s happening at other member properties. The focus for the 1st annual event is key trends in the field of guest relations. Paris-based Relais & Chateaux has about 475 members in over 56 countries.
“We were very pleasantly surprised and honoured by the selection,” said co-owner Vaughn Perret. Trout Point will be among about 20 hotels or restaurants from all the members selected to give a presentation at the forum. “To be chosen during our first year of membership from amongst this elite group as an example of best practices was one of the highest accolades we could receive.”
Trout Point Lodge, which opened its doors in 2000, was chosen among 10 worldwide finalists in the National Geographic Society 2009 Geotourism Challenge, “The Power of Place.” It has a total of 13 units immediately adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area in southwestern Nova Scotia.